Washtenaw County/EMU Legal Resource Center

The Legal Resource Center is currently only able to assist patrons remotely. Please call 734.994.0160 to speak to a LRC student. You may also email [email protected] to communicate with a LRC student.  If you received assistance over the phone and need to pay a copy fee for documents, please do so through the LRC Square payment portal.  You can reach the LRC Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Legal Resource Center logo
 
Legal Resource Center logo

 

The Washtenaw County/Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center is a non-profit charitable organization staffed by paralegal students. The Center is located in the Washtenaw County Courthouse and students of EMU's Paralegal Studies Program assist patrons in accessing and completing appropriate legal forms for certain domestic and civil matters.

Opened in 2004, the Legal Resource Center is a nationally-recognized, collaborative effort between Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University dedicated to providing access to justice to members of the community in family and probate law, landlord-tenant disputes and small claims matters.

Legal Resource Center photo
 
Legal Resource Center photo

 

The Legal Resource Center does not provide help with appeals or criminal matters and volunteering paralegal students cannot and will not provide legal advice on any topic. Assistance is free to all patrons although printing fees may be accessed for those who can pay.

Open Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Phone: 734.994.0160

The Legal Resource Center follows EMU's academic calendar and will be closed Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 22-31 during the Fall 2020 semester.

Washtenaw County Courthouse, Suite 1112
101 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

"Every year, thousands of people struggle to navigate the court system on their own. Our agency fills a vital need in our community, as it helps people better understand and find their way through a complex legal system. Too many people are deprived of their rights because they don't understand the court system, and this must be changed. If we are to have a truly equal society we must have equal access to the justice system."

  • Visit the Legal Resource Center

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    The Washtenaw County/Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center is located in the Washtenaw County Courthouse at 101 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. The Center is located in Suite 1112 on the first floor and is open Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. You can reach the Center at 734.994.0160.

    If you are driving, metered street parking around the Legal Resource Center is available but often difficult to find. The Ann Ashley parking structure is located at 220 N Ashley St and is close to the Center. Parking there is $1.20 an hour. If you are taking public transportation, multiple bus lines pass by the Center on Huron Ave. The Blake Transit Center is also within walking distance of the Center.

    Cell phones with cameras are not allowed in the Washtenaw County Courthouse. If you cannot leave your phone in a car, a locker is available to secure your phone for 25 cents.

  • Donate to the Legal Resource Center

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    The Washtenaw County/Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center is a non-profit charitable organization. The goal of the Center is to provide legal information to community members who cannot retain attorneys in certain civil and domestic matters. The Center is funded by Washtenaw County and [email protected] but additional funding is needed through donations and grants. Donations are processed through the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages donations for EMU and EMU-partnered programs.

    Donations can be made here.

  • LRC Statistics

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    The Legal Resource Center assists an average of 200 patrons each month.

    • Approximately 50% of the Center's patrons reside in the Ypsilanti area.
    • Approximately 95% of the Center's patrons reside in Washtenaw County.

    The EMU Paralegal Studies Program is the only university program in the country that sponsors an attorney-supervised legal clinic for its paralegal students.

    The Center is able to provide legal forms that are only available on-line to members of our community who lack computer access.

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